Barcelona face Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals stage of the Champions League and plot how to attain victory over the German giants.
Barcelona coach Quique Setien’s job hung in the balance before the Catalans attained a glorious victory in the second leg of the Champions League clash against Napoli. With an amazing attacking display and formation, the squad were able to dominate the game 3-1 despite losing some possession.
While they played as a team, a lot of credit goes to Club Captain Lionel Messi, who displayed once more why he’s the G.O.A.T. The biggest issue the team has consistency and morale, which was high due to the captain’s explosive performance.
However, Barca now face a tough road ahead of them against Bayern Munich who have been extremely strong this season. Barcelona has always had an issue of over-reliance on the Argentine and if they play the quarter-finals hoping for a miracle from Messi, they will probably be disappointed.
While the 6-time Ballon d’Or winner is certainly a master of the game, his skill alone won’t be enough to conquer the European giants. He will need the team to bring in their A-game and shore up any weaknesses if they want any chance at the trophy.
For the past 2 years, the 33-year-old has seen the title slip him by with losses to Liverpool and AS Roma, and the Catalans are certainly hoping that the third time is the charm. After a well-played game against Napoli, they will look to improve defensively for the quarters and with both Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets back in the squad, Setien will certainly make use of them to improve the squad.
Barcelona have had a poor season due to the team’s inability to function as a unit and going in as the underdog in such an important game could definitely hinder confidence unless the Spanish Coach successfully trains the team to work collectively and let Messi do the rest.
With Ousmane Dembele also back in training and on the bench, all hope certainly isn’t lost yet for the Catalans. Boss Setien will perhaps use him as a substitution later in the game to bring some pace and use young Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati as well, who were missing in the Napoli clash.
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